As a Coach
Diogo has worked in triathlon at a national level for a number of years in a number of roles which have helped develop him as a coach. In 2016 he was the manager of the Portuguese Triathlon Federation's Coaching Program. He is the current Age Group manager as well as Manager and Head Coach of the TriJamor National Program; a Triathlon program which aims to bring triathlon to everyone in the country with the support of the Portuguese Government. He is currently finishing his level 3 Triathlon Coaching Qualification. In the last three years there have been several occasions when he has been the coach for the Portuguese athletes competing on the International stage, including World Triathlon Auckland 2015, Aviles Duathlon World Championships 2016.
As an athlete
Diogo competed in his first full distance race in 2015 at Challenge Roth, following it last year with Ironman Austria. His main athletic goal is to qualify for Kona next year in Tallinn. Diogo is an accomplished long course triathlete with a personal best time of 9h24 at Challenge Roth. If Diogo wants to take you for a bike ride, make sure you take plenty of food and pair of fresh legs!
Q & A
Where are you based? Sintra, a small town located 20km away from Lisbon.
When did you get into triathlon? As an athlete in 2004 and 2010 as a Coach.
How did you first get involved in triathlon? Before I started my triathlon career, I got myself into my town's swimming team. I was 15 years old at the time and my coach asked me if I wanted to try Triathlon, to be honest I didn't know what it was; in 2004 Triathlon wasn't as famous in Portugal as it is now. I accepted the challenge; went to some training sessions with the team and enjoyed so much that I never stopped. I must confess that I was an overweight kid so Triathlon had a huge impact in my life.
What is your favourite discipline? When I was racing sprint and standard distance triathlons, cycling was my favourite discipline because it was the discipline where I made most difference. Now that I've moved into long distance, swimming is my favourite and though I still love the others definitely think it is the best one.
Why did you choose to take up coaching? Before triathlon I wasn't a sports person, that's how huge a change it has had to my life. I'd never dreamed of being a Triathlon Coach but opportunities came up and as teaching is something I always enjoyed doing, the combination lead me to Coaching Triathlon. Now I can't see myself doing anything else.
What is your greatest athletic achievement? Well, I had a few interesting achievements as a triathlete, I was Age Group European Vice Champion in 2008, I was under23 National Vice Champion in 2010, and most recently, I started Ironman racing and in my first race I did 9h24, in Roth in 2015, that was one of the best achievements in my sports career as a triathlete.
What is your greatest coaching achievement? I have two, the first one was being part of the National Team Delegation in some big races (WTS and World Championships) the other was putting someone who never did triathlon or any sport related to triathlon in his life doing Half Distance Triathlons in less than 5h30 enjoying this sport.
What one piece of advice would you give someone new to triathlon? Triathlon is an endurance sport and for that reason, results take some time to appear. Keep yourself a routine of training and try to find a correct coaching program that fits all your requests. Set your goals with your coach, he knows what will be better for you! If you have questions, ask them, there are no incorrect questions!
Favourite quote (something that reflects your approach to coaching and life): Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. (Confucius)